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Nov. 10, 2010
CARY, N.C. – In their opening match of the 2010 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship, the North Carolina Tar Heels demonstrated how they earned the league’s top seed and a No. 3 national ranking. UNC shut out the eighth-seeded NC State Wolfpack, 4-0, Wednesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park to advance to Friday’s semifinals.
Second-team All-ACC honoree Enzo Martinez scored two goals and first-team all-conference selection Michael Farfan added a goal and an assist as the Tar Heels (15-2-1) extended their unbeaten streak to 11 matches.
“Everybody bought in and the guys did well,” said North Carolina coach Elmar Bolowich. “NC State had tremendous effort and defended us tight. I want to congratulate them on a great season.”
North Carolina got on the board first on Martin Murphy’s goal at the 15:23 mark of the first half. Kirk Urso lined up for the Tar Heels on the corner kick, then booted the ball into the box. There, Farfan dished it to Murphy, whose header from six yards out found the left back corner of the net.
Soon after, NC State narrowly missed capitalizing on an open shot. Chris Zuerner, the Wolfpack’s leading scorer, slid on the left side of the goal, missing the cross bar by inches.
The Tar Heels extended their lead in the 33rd minute when Matt Rose sent the ball across the box to Martinez, who booted it low into the right side of the net for his sixth goal of the year and a 2-0 North Carolina lead.
Farfan gave the Tar Heels a 3-0 advantage in the 66th minute, when he took the ball from Alex Dixon and put the ball in the upper left corner from about 12 yards out. Martinez closed out the scoring with his second goal of the contest in the 81st minute, finding the net from eight yards out.
NC State tallied just one shot in the first half, but turned up the offensive intensity after intermission. Perhaps the Pack’s best scoring opportunity came in the 59th minute, when Craig Sutherland and Tyler Lassiter found Zuerner in front of the box. Zuerner’s shot once again narrowly missed the mark however, this time sailing just wide of the goal.
“We’re very disappointed for this loss,” said NC State coach George Tarantini. “I thought this club came here to play. You have to give credit to Carolina. They are a very good team.”
NC State goalkeeper Carlos Villa recorded seven saves on the night, but the Tar Heel attack proved too much. UNC outshot the Wolfpack, 21-5, in the match.
North Carolina will face the winner of Wednesday’s late match between fourth-seeded Duke and fifth-seeded Boston College at 8:00 p.m. Friday. NC State (10-8-2) will await Monday’s NCAA selection show to learn its postseason fate.